Professor, Fordham University
Mark Naison is Professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham and the founder and principal investigator of the Bronx African American History Project. He is the author of four books, and over one hundred articles on African American History, labor history, sports and popular culture, the most
recent of which is "The Rat that Got Away: A Bronx Memoir' which he wrote with Allen Jones. He has also spent many years as a coach and community organizer in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and in some circles is best known for his appearance on the Chappelle Show and the educational raps he gives in Bronx Schools under the name Notorious Phd.